MAY 9--Awaiba Lda (www.awaiba.com) and Alexima (www.alexima.com), two CMOS image-sensor design houses, have finalized a strategic agreement that will enable them to fill the void in custom image-sensor development. Aligning roadmaps, sharing intellectual property, and collaborating on product development will leverage their strengths to focus on the unique needs of individual camera manufacturers.
"There are a number of large corporations focusing on consumer-orientated image sensors while neglecting the increasing demand for specialized, tailor-fitted imagers," said Alex Krymski, founder of Alexima. "Joining forces with Awaiba will empower us to satisfy the vacuum created when companies like Photobit Technology and Fillfactory were sold."
"Our technical strength and experience allow us to offer innovative and cutting-edge imaging technology," said Martin Wäny, the inventor of the combined linear logarithmic response image sensors and founder of Awaiba. Both Wäny and Krymski were winners of the Photonics Spectra Circle of Excellence Award.
Awaiba develops image sensors for industrial inspection, medical endoscopy, high-speed video systems, and automotive on-board cameras. The company holds key patents and other intellectual property that allows it to create high dynamic CMOS image sensors, high-speed image sensors, and miniaturized image sensors.
Alexima pioneers low-power and low-noise imagers, to address the custom design needs of camera manufactures.